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GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations human rights office on Friday rejected as “racist” and inciting xenophobia the reported remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump describing immigrants from Africa and Haiti as coming from “shithole” countries.

Trump on Thursday questioned why the United States would want to have immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to some as “shithole countries,” according to two sources familiar with the comments made in the White House.

“These are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States. There is no other word one can use but ‘racist’,” U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a Geneva news briefing when asked about the comments.

“You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘shitholes’, whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome,” he added.

The issue was more than “vulgar language”, Colville said.

“It’s about opening the door to humanity’s worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia that will potentially disrupt and destroy lives of many people.”

U.N. rights office decries Trump’s reported remarks as ‘racist’

The United Nations human rights office on Friday rejected as “racist” and inciting xenophobia the reported remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump describing immigrants from Africa and Haiti as coming from “shithole” countries.


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